Zoom F-Control for F8 and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders

Zoom F-Control for F8 and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders

Zoom F-Control for F8 and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders

B&H # ZOFRC8 MFR # FRC-8
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Product Highlights

  • For Location-Sound Recordists
  • 9 Faders (8 Channel + 1 Master)
  • 1/4" Headphone Jack
  • USB Connection and Keyboard Input
  • Trim, Pan, Track-Arming Controls
  • 12-Segment LED Meters
  • Track Scene Edit Buttons
  • Battery or DC Power
  • USB Bus Power for F4 Only
  • Includes Batteries, USB and Audio Cables
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  • 1Description

Designed for the location-sound recordist, the F-Control from Zoom is a mixing control surface designed for the F8 and F4 multitrack field recorders. It creates a complete and professional audio rig that offers a broad spectrum of creative possibilities with complete control over sound design and mixing.

The interface provides nine 60mm faders (eight + Master) and hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming. Monitoring channel and output levels is simple with 12-segment LED meters, three user-programmable buttons, and a dedicated time-code button.

Additional controls include Track Scene Edit buttons, which provide shortcut commands to Track Name, Scene Increment, Scene Name, Notes, and False Take. The unit connects to the F8/F4 recorder via USB for a seamless and uncluttered setup, while an additional USB port lets you connect an external keyboard to quickly enter metadata while out in the field. An included 1/4" stereo cable connects the F8/F4 phone out to F-Control's phone in, so you can monitor audio via F-Control's headphone jack.

The durable metal chassis is robust enough to go anywhere and is small and light enough to fit into gear bags and backpacks. The F-Control can be powered by an optional DC power supply or via the included four AA batteries. Additionally, the unit can be USB-powered when using the F4 (not available with the F8). The F-Control ships with a stereo audio cable and a USB cable.

  • 9 faders (eight + Master), each 60mm
  • 1/4" headphone jack
  • USB port for external keyboard connection
  • Hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming
  • 12-segment LED meters for monitoring channel and output levels
  • Dedicated time-code buttons
  • Track Scene edit buttons: Shortcut commands to Track Name, Scene Increment, Scene Name, Notes, and False Take screens
  • Power options: 4 x AA batteries, 4-pin HIROSE connector with external battery pack, and USB bus power via the F4 (not available with the F8)
  • Durable metal chassis
  • Compatible with Zoom F8 and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders
UPC: 884354017606
In the Box
Zoom F-Control for F8 and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders
  • 4.9' / 1.5 m Stereo Cable
  • 4.9' / 1.5 m USB Cable
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom FRC-8 specs

    Controls Faders: 9 x 2.4" / 60.0 mm
    Trim/Pan Knobs: 8     
    Active Track: 8 buttons
    Pre-Fade Listen: 8    
    User Buttons: 3
    Dedicated Function Buttons: Scene Inc, Scene Name, Note, Track Name, False Take, and Time Code (TC)
    Transport Controls: Play/Pause, Rec, REW, Stop, FF
    Headphone Knob: Volume control
    Output Button: Toggles L/R, Main, and Sub
    Menu: Button and endless encoder
    Display & Indicators Channels: 8 x 12-segment LED display
    Main Output: Stereo 12-segment LED display
    Connectors To F Series: USB Type-A
    Keyboard: USB Type-A
    Headphone In: 1/4" / 6.35 mm unbalanced stereo phone
    Headphone Out: 1/4" / 6.35 mm unbalanced stereo phone
    9-16 VDC IN: HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +)
     
    Power Requirements 4 x AA size (LR6) batteries
    External Power Supply: 9-16 VDC
    Power Consumption 2.5 W
    Battery Operation Time When using 8 channels at once, LED Brightness = 60, without keyboard
    Alkaline Batteries: 8.5 hours or more
    NiMH (2450 mAh): 10 hours or more
    Lithium Batteries: 18 hours or more
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 9.6 x 7.1 x 1.8" / 243.8 x 180.6 x 45.7 mm
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg (without batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.8 x 10.3 x 3.1"

    Zoom FRC-8 reviews

    F-Control for F8 and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Zoom F-Control is an essential addition to the F8 I am very pleased with the Zoom F-Control, it works as intended very well. The faders are very smooth although I would have liked to see some rubber dust protection of the fader slots. I am glad that Zoom added another 6dB of gain in the headphone amplifier as the headphone level from the F8 is low in noisy environments. Others have complained about colouration in the headphone amplifier in the F8, I have measured the frequency response with the NTI Minirator and Minilyser and found that the response is flat within one quarter of a dB so there is no colouration at all just a lack of drive.
    Date published: 2017-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great product from ZOOM! It's a little excessive for bag gigs, but a huge help for interviews or cart shows! I wish the F8 could phantom power it, but AA's seem to last a really long time, and I have plenty of rechargeables. The price is amazing and the quality is pro, all the way (in spite of what the Zoom haters would have you believe.)
    Date published: 2017-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Not for running & gunning with a shoulder bag, but a must have if you're working from a sound cart. Using a real keyboard with it is great. Battery usage not huge, but I was disappointed that it can't be USB-powered from the F8 when it can be powered from the F4. Don't know why that is...
    Date published: 2017-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from F controller for my F 4 & F 8 Awsome. works on either unit. a must have. Loving it!
    Date published: 2018-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect solution for f8 when you need to live mix Works with wireless keyboards like logitech with wireless dongles, 4 AA battery last about 4 to 5 hours, faders are very smooth, set up is cake and is built well and light weight. i have mixed one narrative short on it and will not go back to just the zoom when i need to have a post fade mix for production, the knobs on the f8 dont cut it and this works great. high recommended if you are laving more that one person to eliminate mic bleed.
    Date published: 2017-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from F-Control - well worth the money. F- Control - A must for Zoom F-8 and F-4 users. Makes everything easier to do. Huge value-- easy setup -- buy Panasonic Eneloop pro batteries with charger for long time use. Also headphone jack in the F-Control improves sound while recording...so use that jack.
    Date published: 2017-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product I do like this product a lot. It fits perfectly in the same bag as my F8. Nice features. Well built. It gets 4 stars because the trims are small and the overall build needs some refining for the price. BUT, again I am very happy with it. It has made my life much easier.
    Date published: 2017-08-31
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